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While tonight marks the official unveiling of the Pratt Institute's Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator—going by BF+DA for short—hard work is already underway at the Williamsburg fashion incubator, according to WWD. Sixteen entrepreneurs have already established a home base in the former Pfizer building, and researchers are studying the intersection of fashion and technology in fields like 3-D printing, wearables, sensors embedded in clothing, and more.
The BF+DA is another stellar instance of propping up young talent, like the CFDA Fashion Incubator on a national level and Manufacture NY locally. The 21,000-square foot space also includes manufacturing for production of up to 100 pieces, showrooms, and a retail store where the public can shop and even meet the designers.
While the school is throwing $825,000 of its own money behind the project's first year, the borough of Brooklyn and the state of New York are also contributing a combined $1.133 million to get it going.
Executive director Debra Johnson envisions a cyclical pattern for the incubator, where successful "venture fellows," as they're called, will help mentor new designers as they come in. An apprenticeship program will also be set up for local 18- to 24-year-olds to learn what makes a fashion business successful.
· Pratt Institute Unveils Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator [WWD]
· How Manufacture NY Gives Young Designers a Fighting Chance [Racked NY]
· Westfield World Trade Center Cozies Up to the CFDA [Racked NY]